Asakusa Shop Update


The Mokuhankan Print Parties, and our Asakusa shop, are still closed. Most of our employees are at home, doing as much of their work as possible in isolation. Our printing staff - working away from the public view - are very busy trying to keep up with their work, and our shipping centre (isolated from Tokyo) is operating as normal, so online and subscription shipments should continue as usual.

We will continue monitoring the situation, and will re-open the shop when it seems appropriate to do so. Thank you for your understanding.


Shipping Update


As is to be expected, many countries are reporting that their postal systems are encountering delays, and some countries are encountering difficulties with shipments. We are using tracking wherever possible on our shipments, so it should be possible to determine where/when your package will arrive.

Here are comments from the Japanese Post office covering the current situation with various international postal services. Some countries are still accepting mail, others are not.

USA: Update: Back up and running! The Japanese Post Office has announced suspension of all mail items to the US by air, so we have now arranged an alternate delivery system: every couple of weeks we make a 'bulk shipment' of combined customer orders - via FedEx - to a US address (Hi Jed!), from where the packages are then shipped via Domestic USPS. It takes a bit longer than it used to, but things are moving through steadily and safely ... Thank you for your patience!

Europe: Update: Back up and running! (mostly) The Japanese Post Office is now accepting items for most European countries (see the exceptions listed below). But they are doing so with a clear advisory that 'delays are to be expected'.

UK: Post Office advisory: 'Mail items to the United Kingdom ... loading items onto airplanes ... is expected to take about three weeks.'

Canada: "... items that would ordinarily require a signature will be left in a safe location without obtaining a signature from the recipient."

These Asian countries are accepting: Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea.

List of currently stopped countries (partial):

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Greece
  • Indonesia
  • Russian Federation
  • India
  • All South America

The complete list published by the Japanese Post Office is here (.pdf).

If you are in a 'stopped' country, you have two options: place your order and we will 'hold' the shipment until the situation improves ... or please hold off, and come back to place an order later. Thank you for your understanding.